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FDA Smackdown on GMO Fear Mongering

In my estimation, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) incur fear mongering of the highest order, perhaps second only to vaccines, if at all. For reasons that escape me there has been a concerted effort to marginalize or outright stop the use and development … Continue reading

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Is There a Scientific Reason to Make Foods More “Natural?”

Skeptics are very familiar with the use of the appeal to nature by pseudoscience peddlers such as the Food Babe and others. Foods with “chemical” ingredients are to be avoided according the these sellers of nonsense, which shows a basic misunderstanding … Continue reading

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Oh, The Organic Sweet Corn Irony

I must have laughed for a good five minutes the other day when I heard the news story I am reporting on today. I immediately thought about writing about it here, but then I paused for a moment as I … Continue reading

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The Glyphosate Zombie… Again

The sad truth of reading my social media feeds is that I see at least one article a day on glyphosate. Glyphosate, aka RoundUp, is an over 40-year-old herbicide that has the advantage of being toxic to plants in low … Continue reading

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Tell GMO Producers To Stop Being So Organic!

One of the common arguments against the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), specifically plant GMOs, is that it allows farmers to spray “toxic” chemicals to kill various pests from bugs to weeds to help maximize crop yields. Anti-science websites … Continue reading

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Organic Ghost Detector

Organic food labeling is marketing, not science. Organic marketers utilize any bit of data that can be spun to promote a significant difference, producing a constant drone of nonsense. This week an article in Science World Report tops my nonsense list for organic agriculture promotion. The article … Continue reading

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GMO Labeling: Consumer Protection or Fear Mongering?

The use of Genetically Modified Organisms, better known as GMO, is an area of debate among skeptics. GMO is actually a broad term that has a lot of moving parts. Forced labeling for consumer foods containing GMOs in the United States … Continue reading

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A Bevy of Food Fads In One Small Cup

Grocery shopping can be a fun exercise for the skeptical mind. There’s not an aisle of my local big box store anymore where I can’t spot some sort of overblown food fad on display: organic cupcake mix, probiotic tea bags, … Continue reading

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Fact Check:Five Reasons to Buy Organic

I came across a sign entitled “5 Reasons to Buy Organic” at my local grocery store. Some of the reasons struck me as being inaccurate, or at least misleading, so I decided I would take a quick look at the … Continue reading

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California’s Proposition 37 Is about Ideology, Not Science

Tomorrow I hope to see that Proposition 37 has failed in the election. Proposition 37 is a measure in the state of California to require mandatory labeling of food containing genetically modified crops. Its proponents have invented a cleverly compelling … Continue reading

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